1742] To Horace Mann 179 in any farther proceedings, though he would not desert the party. Sandys said the King had done him the honour to offer him that place; why should he not accept it ? if he had not, another would: if nobody would, the King would be obliged to employ his old minister again, which he imagined the gentlemen present would not wish to see ; and protested against screening, with the same conclusion as Pulteney. The Duke of Bedford was very warm against Sir William Yonge ; Lord Talbot2 was so in general. During the recess, they have employed Fazakerley3 to draw up four impeachments ; against Sir Eobert, my uncle, Mr. Keene4, and Colonel Bladens, who was only commissioner for the tariff at Antwerp. One of the articles against Sir E. is, his having at this conjuncture trusted Lord Waldegrave6 as ambassador, who is so near a relation of the Pretender: but these impeachments are likely to grow obsolete manuscripts. The minds of the people grow much more candid ; at first, they made one of the actors at Drury Lane repeat some applicable lines at the end of Harry the Fourth ; but last Monday, when his Koyal Highness had purposely bespoken The Unhappy Favourite7, for Mrs. Porter's8 benefit, they never once applied the most glaring passages; as where they read the indictment against Eobert, Earl of Essex, &c. The Tories declare against any farther prosecution—if Tories 2 William Tallbot (1710-1782), second Baron and afterwards first Earl Talbot; Steward of the Household, 1761. 3 Nicholas Fazackerley, of an old Lancashire family, M.P. for Preston ; d. 1767. He was a lawyer and a Jacobite. * As having signed the Spanish Convention (1739). 5 Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Bladen (1680-1746); M.P.forMaldon; Comptroller of the Mint, 1714; Lord of TradeandPlantations,1717-46; First Commissary and Plenipotentiary to the Conference at Antwerp for drawing xip the tariffs between England, the Emperor of Germany, and the States Q-eneral (1732). He was a steady supporter of Sir Robert Wai-pole. 6 His mother was natural daughter of King James XL WaZpoZe.-.—James Waldegrave (1684-1741), first Earl Waldegrave; Ambassador Extraordinary to Paris, 1725, 1730; Ambassador to Vienna, 1727. 7 A tragedy on the fate of the Earl of Essex, by John Banks. 8 Mary Porter, d. 1765.